Ahh protein, possibly my FAVOURITE macronutrient! ? But why the big fuss?
Here are FOUR reasons to think “where’s the protein!” when looking to burn fat ⬇️
1️⃣ PROTEIN HELPS US RETAIN MUSCLE ? // In a calorie deficit, our body must use internal fuel to make up for the shortage of calories. Internal fuel typically means body fat and muscle. Since muscle is made of protein, upping our intake gives our body a STRONG message to PRESERVE muscle and burn body fat instead!
2️⃣ PROTEIN HELPS US MANAGE OUR HUNGER LEVELS ? // The appetite-suppressing effect of protein not only reduces the likelihood of snacking in between meals, it also means we feel fuller more quickly – thus making us less likely to over-eat.
3️⃣ PROTEIN FUELS REPAIR & RECOVERY ??♀️ // During strength training our muscles experience damage in the form of “micro tears”. These micro-tears need to be repaired in order for us to grow stronger. Protein fuels this process by providing all the raw materials our muscles need.
4️⃣ PROTEIN BURNS MORE CALORIES DURING DIGESTION ? // Of the calories we consume from protein, about 30% of them are burned during its digestion and processing. Not a bad return huh! That’s much more than dietary fat and carbs.
In order to get more protein for fewer calories, LEAN protein sources are a great choice. I’m talking about ⬇️ Plant-based options in RED
➡️ UNCOOKED SKINLESS CHICKEN or TURKEY BREAST (for cooking) ?
➡️ COOKED SKINLESS CHICKEN or TURKEY BREAST (for snacking) ?
➡️ 5% FAT GROUND BEEF ?
➡️ EGGS ?
➡️ WHITE FISH, SHRIMP or TUNA ?
➡️ HIGH-PROTEIN YOGURT (e.g. SKYR or Total) ?
➡️ LOW-FAT COTTAGE CHEESE ?
➡️ QUORN PRODUCTS ?
➡️ TOFU ?
➡️ VEGAN PROTEIN POWDER ?
Stay awesome & keep going! ✌️